46 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE
О The transmission is equipped with a
positive neutral finder. When the mo
torcycle is standing still, the transmis
sion cannot be shifted past neutral
from 1st gear. To use the positive
neutral finder, shift down to 1st gear,
then lift up on the shift pedal while
standing still. The transmission will
shift only into neutral.
• Close the throttle completely, leav
ing the clutch engaged (except when
shifting gears) so that the engine will
help slow down the motorcycle.
• Shift down one gear at a time so that
you are in 1st gear when you come
to a complete stop.
• When stopping, always apply both
brakes at the same time. Normally
the front brake should be applied a lit
tle more than the rear. Shift down or
fully disengage the clutch as neces
sary to keep the engine from stalling.
• Never lock the brakes, or it will cause
the tires to skid. When turning a cor
ner, it is better not be brake at all. Re
duce your speed before you get into
• For emergency braking, disregard
downshifting, and concentrate on
applying the brakes as hard as pos
sible without skidding.
A. Front Brake Lever
HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE 47
A. Rear Brake Pedal